Militants kill four troopers in Assam

July 26th, 2010 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Guwahati, July 26 (IANS) Four Indian frontier guards were killed and three injured in an ambush Monday by tribal separatists in the restive northeastern state of Assam, bordering Bhutan, officials said.
A police spokesperson said militants of the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) attacked a vehicle of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) near Amlaiguri village in Chirang district, about 230 km west of Assam’s main city of Guwahati.

“A vehicle carrying seven SSB troopers was on a routine patrol in the area when NDFB militants ambushed them with automatic weapons,” Inspector General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta told IANS.

The dead are SSB Assistant Commandant Kishor Kunal and three troopers.

“The NDFB militants later decamped with two rifles and two pistols from the dead troopers,” Mahanta said.

The SSB is deployed to guard the 605-km-long India-Bhutan border along Assam.

The NDFB is a rebel group fighting for an independent homeland for the Bodo tribe in western Assam.

A massive security hunt is now on in the jungles to nab the rebels with security forces hinting that the NDFB militants involved in the attach numbered about 10-12.

“The area is a known NDFB stronghold and the remoteness has always been an advantage to them,” the police official said.

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